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12th October 2015


Coast to Coast

New American Pale Ale brings together East and West


Caledonian Brewery is extending its range of beers with a new American inspired Pale Ale, the first beer to be developed in its recently-opened pilot brewery.


Named Coast to Coast, the new beer is a 4.6% ABV polished bronze ale, brewed with full leaf fresh-packed American hops imported from Yakima Valley on the West Coast, married with British East Coast maritime malt. A flavoursome beer, Coast to Coast has a strong hop character and notes of lime, passion fruit and kiwi fruit. Hops used include Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe and Cascade as a strong foundation for the beer, along with two additional Yakima Valley hops which Caledonian have pioneered in this brew as a UK first. A permanent addition to Caledonian’s range, Coast-to-Coast is available to order on draught by on trade customers nationwide from 5thOctober.


The latest addition to Caledonian’s range comes after months of intensive recipe development within the pilot brewery, which opened in July this year to support innovation at the brewery’s Victorian site in Edinburgh. With smaller brew runs than the main brewery, ‘Wee George’ allows the brewery team to test and develop both new and existing recipes without the usual constraints of minimum brew length.


Craig Steven, Operations Manager for Caledonian Brewery and Scotland’s first beer sommelier, thinks the new beer will become one of the UK’s favourite American Pale Ales on the market. “With intense citrus aromas and flavours but also a luscious smooth and rounded bitter finish, Coast to Coast is a delight to drink and we’re sure fans of real ale will agree. We’ve always loved American hops at Caley, so we couldn’t wait to develop our own Pale Ale in Wee George. This beer drinks well above its weight and doesn’t have the dry lingering astringency which can be common with this style, so we’re really excited to bring it to the on trade in the UK this month,” says Craig.


Caledonian Brewery’s Managing Director Andy Maddock comments: “As the first beer to have been developed entirely within Wee George, our new pilot brewery, the release of Coast to Coast marks a real milestone for Caledonian, firmly re-establishing us as a leader in the Scottish craft brewing community.  Our rich heritage and status as Edinburgh’s last remaining Victorian brewery is a source of pride for all the team at Caledonian and we’re committed to maintaining the longstanding traditions with our brewing technique and quality preservation that have stood the test of time, but we’re also committed to providing our customers and beer fans with the best possible choice and quality. Wee George has provided us with the capabilities to do just that, so we’re excited about furthering recipe development into 2016 to continue bringing our drinkers the quality and taste they know and expect from Caley.”




For further information or images, please contact:

The Caledonian team on or 020 3757 6800


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About Caledonian Brewery

Caledonian Brewery was founded in 1869 in Shandon, Edinburgh, Scotland. The brewery produces award-winning Deuchars IPA, Flying Scotsman and Edinburgh Castle throughout the year, as well as monthly and seasonal ales.


In July 2015, Caledonian unveiled their pilot brewery which will drive beer innovation through the flexibility of its smaller brew runs. Affectionately known as Wee George after the brewery’s founding father, the new equipment is being used to develop both new and existing recipes on site.


Known locally as The Caley, Caledonian Brewery has been owned by HEINEKEN since 2008.


Edinburgh’s only original brewery still standing, we believe in honouring the past, relishing the future and celebrating the present, with a few beers of course.


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